Collectors, Curators, Cooks

Old Berwick Historical Society guest curators, Nancy & Peter Cook look forward to welcoming guests to a behind-the-scenes introduction to the exhibition, Material Culture: Domestic Cloth-Making in 18th-Century New England at The Counting House Museum. Curator Ruth Greene-McNally will contribute insights into the selection of objects and exhibition installation process.

Tour guests will then travel in their own vehicles to nearby Tare Shirt Farm, a working 18th-century farmstead with heirloom orchards, heritage breeds of domestic livestock, and a restored 18th-century vernacular home complete with period furnishings.

The excursion continues with a signature lunch and an in-depth tour of the Cooks’ extensive textile, decorative, and fine arts collection in the couple’s historic period home and the spinning barn, along with a walking tour of the pastoral landscape.

$95, OBHS Members $90. Tour limited to 30 guests.
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Program Schedule

11:00 am: Behind-the-Scenes Exhibition Tour, The Counting House Museum, 2 Liberty St., South Berwick, ME 03908

  • Learn about the Cooks’ extensive collection of textiles and artifacts reflecting fifty years of research, study, and collecting.
  • Gain insights and understanding into the curators’ practice.
  • Observe a weaving demonstration using tools and materials in the gallery.

12:30 pm: Soup & Connoisseurship, Tare Shirt Farm, 245 Diamond Hill Road, Berwick, ME 03901

  • Enjoy conversation and a catered lunch of seasonal, home-cooked soups and breads.
  • View examples of the couples’ English, French, and Colonial American decorative and fine arts collections in their home, spinning barn, and weaving studio.
  • Following the lunch and tours, guests are invited to share questions and comments in a wrap-up session in the orchard while enjoying homemade desserts and beverages.

*Proceeds from this special event benefit Old Berwick Historical Society*
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